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Edgar Bergen
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Paramount Pictures
(Media and Entertainment)
Salvador Dali
(Visual Arts)
Mickey Hargitay
(Movies & TV)
W. C. Fields
(Movies & TV)
Ethel Barrymore
(Movies & TV)
Mary Pickford
(Movies & TV)
 

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Mae West

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Mae West

American actress, playwright, screenwriter and sex symbol whose entertainment career spanned seven decades add

Category: Movies & TV

Born in 1893.

Countries: United States (81%), Sweden (2%), Spain (2%)

Education: undef.

Main connections: Edgar Bergen, Paramount Pictures, Salvador Dali

Linked to: Paramount Pictures, American Film Institute, Erasmus Hall High School, Johnson Publishing Company

 

Timeline


 

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Mae West was born in 1893 add something


1907

She began performing professionally in vaudeville in the Hal Clarendon Stock Company in 1907 at the age of fourteen add something


1912

In 1912 she appeared in the opening performance of "A Winsome Widow" as a 'baby vamp' named La Petite Daffy add something


1913

They became engaged in either late 1913 or early 1914 add something

 

In August 1913, she met an Italian-born Vaudeville headliner and star of the piano-accordion, Guido Deiro add something


1914

William B. Davidson - He started in films in 1914 with Vitagraph and supported such well known stage and film actresses as Ethel Barrymore, Mabel Taliaferro, Charlotte Walker, Olga Petrova, Viola Dana, June Caprice, Edna Goodrich, and Mae West


1916

West began a relationship James Timony, an attorney fifteen years her senior, in 1916 when she was a vaudeville actress add something


1918

Her photograph appeared on an edition of the sheet music for the popular number "Ev'rybody Shimmies Now" in 1918 add something

 

In 1918, after exiting several high-profile revues, West finally got her break in the Shubert Brothers revue "Sometime", opposite Ed Wynn add something


1920

According to Deiro's biographer, West filed for divorce on the grounds of adultery on July 14, 1920 add something


1927

An affidavit in which she had declared herself married, which she made during the "Sex" trial in 1927, was uncovered add something

 

She was prosecuted on morals charges and, on April 19, 1927, was sentenced to ten days for "corrupting the morals of youth add something


1928

Gordon P. Saville - Saville married Hards in the Church of Transfiguration in New York City in September 1928; her father, Ira A. Hards, producer of the Mae West Broadway play "Diamond Lil", walked her down the aisle


1930

Bishop Andre Penachio, who was a friend, officiated at the entombment in the family grave at Cypress Hills Abbey, Brooklyn, purchased in 1930 when her mother died add something

 

In 1930, she moved to Hollywood and into the penthouse at the new Ravenswood apartment building, where she would live until her death in 1980 add something

 

Mae West remained close to her family throughout her life and was devastated by her mother's death in 1930 add something

 

Lionel Newman - In the 1930s, Newman earned his stripes conducting national tours and working as the piano accompanist for Mae West


1932

In 1932, West was offered a motion picture contract by Paramount Pictures, when she was 38 years old, an unusual age to begin a movie career add something


1933

At least 21 singles were released from 1933 to 1973 add something

 

By 1933, West was the eighth-largest U.S. box office draw in the United States and, by 1935, the second-highest paid person in the United States add something

 

Paramount Pictures - In 1933, Mae West would add greatly to Paramount's success with her suggestive movies "She Done Him Wrong" and "I'm No Angel"


1934

On July 1, 1934, the censorship of the Production Code began to be seriously and meticulously enforced, and her screenplays were heavily edited add something

 

Design for Living (film) - Before officials began enforcing the Production Code in 1934, leading to censorship of sexuality from films, Paramount and other studios produced many with sexual or controversial content, including films starring Mae West, W._C._Fields and Marlene Dietrich and the fantasy films of Josef von Sternberg

 

Byron Foulger - Foulger made his first films in 1934 and 1936 – "The Little Minister" and "The President's Mystery", the latter based on a story by Franklin Delano Roosevelt – but his career didn't start in earnest until 1937, after he performed opposite Mae West in a racy 'Adam and Eve' sketch on the Edgar Bergen-Charlie McCarthy network radio program which resulted in West being banned from the airwaves almost immediately

 

Lawrence Riley - He gained fame in 1934 as the author of the Broadway hit "Personal Appearance", which was turned by Mae West into the classic film "Go West, Young Man" , starring herself


1935

But in 1935, after West had made several hit movies, a filing clerk discovered West's marriage certificate and alerted the press add something

 

During a 1935 radio broadcast Walter Winchell incorrectly reported that Mae West had been married to Guido's brother, Pietro add something

 

Marjorie Gateson - She is perhaps best known for her roles as the society matron who attempts to thwart Mae West's plans for social climbing in the 1935 film "Goin' to Town" and for a kinder socialite who Harold Lloyd teaches to box in 1934's "The Milky Way"


1936

Salvador Dali - Two of the most popular objects of the surrealist movement were Lobster Telephone and Mae West Lips Sofa, completed by Dalí in 1936 and 1937, respectively.


1937

At first, West denied ever marrying Wallace but finally admitted in July 1937, in reply to a legal interrogatory, that they had been married add something

 

On December 12, 1937, West appeared in two separate sketches on ventriloquist Edgar Bergen's radio show "The Chase and Sanborn Hour" add something

 

Edgar Bergen - Charlie and Mae West had this conversation on December 12, 1937


1938

Katharine Hepburn - In May 1938, the Independent Theatre Owners of America included Hepburn on a list of actors considered "Box Office Poison"; others included Joan Crawford, Greta Garbo, Mae West, Marlene Dietrich, and Kay Francis


1939

In 1939, Universal Pictures approached West to star in a film opposite W. C. Fields add something


1940

Anne Nagel - In 1940, she appeared with W.C. Fields and Mae West in "My Little Chickadee"


1942

She obtained a legal divorce on July 21, 1942, during which Wallace withdrew his request for separate maintenance, and West testified that she and Wallace had lived together for only "several weeks add something


1943

After appearing in "The Heat's On" in 1943, West remained active during the ensuing years add something


1944

Maila Nurmi - She reportedly was fired by Mae West from the cast of West's Broadway play "Catherine Was Great" in 1944 because West feared that she was being upstaged


1945

Richard Coogan - He appeared on Broadway in five different productions between 1945 and 1955, all of them short-lived except for "Diamond Lil" with Mae West, and "The Rainmaker"


1948

Sylvia Syms (singer) - In 1948, performing at the Cinderella Club in Greenwich Village, she was seen by Mae West, who gave her a part in a show she was doing


1949

Alfred Kinsey - In 1949, Mae West, reminiscing on the days when the word "sex" was rarely uttered, said of Kinsey, "That guy merely makes it easy for me.


1950

In the 1950s, she starred in her own Las Vegas stage show, singing while surrounded by bodybuilders add something

 

When casting the role of Norma Desmond for the 1950 film "Sunset Boulevard", Billy Wilder offered West, nearing 60, the role add something

 

West would not perform in radio for another twelve years until January 1950, in an episode of "The Chesterfield Supper Club" hosted by Perry Como add something

 

Gloria Swanson - After Mae West and several former silent screen actresses (including Mary Pickford and Pola Negri) all declined the role, in 1950 Swanson starred in Sunset Boulevard, portraying Norma Desmond, a faded silent movie star who falls in love with the younger screenwriter Joe Gillis, played by William Holden.

 

Edgar Bergen - After public outrage, the Federal Communications Commission stated, "the exchange is indecent"; the National Broadcasting Company , banned Mae West from NBC radio until 1950


1954

However, West and Timony remained extremely close, living in the same building, working together, and providing support for each other, until Timony's death in 1954 add something


1955

The Amazing Criswell - In 1955, Mae West, known as "The Fabulous Mae West", wrote and recorded a song called "Criswell Predicts"


1956

Jayne Mansfield - Mansfield met her second husband Mickey Hargitay at the Latin Quarter in New York in May 13, 1956, where he was performing as a member of the chorus line in Mae West's show


 

In 1958, West appeared at the Academy awards and performed the song "Baby, It's Cold Outside" with Rock Hudson add something

 

Mickey Hargitay - After winning Mr. Universe, he joined Mae West's muscleman revue at New York's The Latin Quarter, where he met Jayne Mansfield, his wife from 1958 to 1964


1959

In 1959, she released her autobiography entitled "Goodness Had Nothing to Do with It", which went on to become a best seller add something


1960

In order to keep her appeal fresh with younger generations, she recorded two rock and roll albums, "Way Out West" and "Wild Christmas" in the late 1960s add something

 

West made some rare appearances on television, including "The Red Skelton Show" in 1960 add something


1964

In 1964, she guest starred on the sitcom "Mister Ed add something


1966

Wanda Jackson - The album broke Mae West's long-standing record for being the oldest female vocalist to make the chart with her 1966 album "Way Out West" with Jackson at 73 being a year older than West at the time of her hit rock LP. Billboard inexplicably failed to include "The Party Ain't Over" on the Billboard Hot Country LPS chart, although several of the songs were blatantly country, and the genre in which Jackson was always most successful in the United States


1970

West did not return to films until 1970 add something

 

West recorded another album in the 1970s on MGM Records titled "Great Balls of Fire", which covered songs by The Doors among others add something


1973

Alice Cooper - Such unlikely non-musician fans of Cooper included Groucho Marx and Mae West, who both reportedly saw the early shows as a form of vaudeville revue, and artist Salvador Dalí, who on attending a show in 1973 described it as being surreal, and made a hologram, "First Cylindric Chromo-Hologram Portrait of Alice Cooper's Brain"


1976

In 1976, she appeared on "The Dick Cavett Show" and that same year began work on her final film, "Sextette" add something


1980

He soon moved in with her and their romance continued until West died at the age of 87 in 1980 add something


Mae West died in 1980 add something

 

In August 1980, West tripped while getting out of bed add something

 

She died there on November 22, 1980, at age 87 add something

 

A private service was held in the Old North Church replica, in Forest Lawn, Hollywood Hills, on November 25, 1980 add something


1982

Ann Jillian - Toward the end of her time on the series for the ABC run, she portrayed Mae West in a 1982 made-for-TV film


2013

Bette Midler - In December 2013 it was announced that Midler would portray Mae West in an HBO movie biography, written by Harvey Fierstein and directed by William Friedkin


2019

On June 25, 2019, "The New York Times Magazine" listed Mae West among hundreds of artists whose material was reportedly destroyed in the 2008 Universal fire add something